Tickled pink: We’ve been treated to our first look at Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken


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We've been treated to our first look at Ryan Gosling as Ken in the upcoming film directed by Greta Gerwig.

In April, Warner Bros has shared an image of Robbie dressed as the iconic doll driving a hot pink Corvette.


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Robbie is set to be joined by Ryan Gosling in the film, who will be playing Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken. We now have our first look at Gosling’s Ken, with the film slated for a release date of 21 July 2023.


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Director Gerwig, of Little Women and Ladybird fame, is directing the film and given her stellar track record, the Barbie movie has plenty of talent to back it up.

Joining Gerwig is her long-time creative partner Noah Baumbach (Marriage StoryFrances HaThe Meyerowitz Stories) who will be co-writing the script with her.

As to the plot, not much is known, though according to IMDB it follows “a doll living in ‘Barbieland’ expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world”.

In an interview with Variety in July 2021, Robbie said playing the iconic doll “comes with a lot of baggage” and “a lot of nostalgic connections”.

“But with that comes a lot of exciting ways to attack it,” she said.

“People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t.’”



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